“Be thankful with me that no one was injured or worse, and take time to thank our hard-working linemen, police, and fire.”

LEBANON, Missouri- Mayor Josh Ray is asking those without power from Saturday’s storms to b e patient while works work to restore service.

“Folks, please be smart and patient about the electric. I know some have been out for over twelve hours. Our community suffered a tornado and some serious straight line winds. Crews have been out since the storms began yesterday working nonstop all night long. They still have a full days work, probably more, ahead of them just to get your power back on and/or protect from any additional outages. Please be respectful. Our city workers can not be everywhere at once. I am proud of the work they are doing.

I have been to countries where on a normal day citizens are lucky to get two hours of unreliable electricity. Although this is the United States, we also suffered severe storm damage. Be thankful with me that no one was injured or worse, and take time to thank our hard-working linemen, police, and fire.

Also, be extra considerate of those working in the county. I traveled around with Presiding Commissioner Danny Rhoads yesterday and the county has a long road ahead.'”